Love, H: The Letters of Helene Dorn and Hettie Jones
Hettie Jones is the author of numerous books, including her memoir of the Beat scene How I Became Hettie Jones; the poetry collection Drive; and the young adult Big Star Fallin’ Mama: Five Women in Black Music. She has published in many newspapers and magazines, including the Village Voice, Global City Review, and Ploughshares. She currently teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at The New School, the 92nd Street Y, and the Lower Eastside Girls Club, and she previously taught at several colleges and universities in New York and elsewhere. Jones lives in New York City.
Hettie goes for “second stint” in Wyoming; thanks Helene for sending story by Ursula Le Guin that clears up a mystery for her. Helene puts stitches on an AIDS quilt. In her last letter from Laramie Hettie encloses brochure about NYU conference on Beat writers that has a panel of women for first time. Helene now freelance copyediting for New York publishers. Hettie’s stories are rejected by Viking and Scribner; she is having hard time writing poems, has turned sixty. They discuss ageism. They continue to write about getting older and proper terms to be used regarding older people. Helene...